Teeing off – does anything on the course offer up such an exquisite blend of promise and anxiety? A new fairway before us with a wealth of possibilities! Not all of them good, as we know, and folks are watching. Tee it up!
We posted 9 Notable Things to Know and Do Around the Teeing Area a while ago. Inspired by new experiences, and an entertaining new book, On Par, by Bill Pennington, we’ve got a few more things to say.
Do you place your tee nosed right up to - and in the middle of - the imaginary line between the markers? An uneven and divot-dinged place, perhaps. Seek level ground, as far back as 2 club lengths, because it’s easier to hit a good shot when your feet are level and level with the ball. As Pennington says, “You’ll never miss the 3 feet.”
The markers aren’t there to help you line up. Deploy whatever personal lining-up routine you have - but ignore where the markers are pointing you. The mowers probably placed them there.
Ball Falling Off Tee
When we tee up the ball, it is not yet in play – we haven’t tried to hit it, we haven’t made a stroke. Along comes the wind, or we accidently knock it off at address or with a practice swing. No penalty – we have not intentionally tried to hit it. See USGA Section II, Definitions,“Stroke” and Rule 11-3.
Is it the scent of freshly cut grass or the heady mix of friendship and competition? Every year one of our group drives a ball from the incorrect tee. We don’t notice at first, then we do and are sad … and then inspired because she takes her penalty – 2 strokes! – re-tees in the right place and keeps on smiling. She’s our club champion in more ways than one.